Hospitality, accompanied by authentic smiles and friendly faces, is what characterizes Greek Cypriot people. Loyal to family bonds, traditions and culture, lovers of nice food and endless entertainment, Cypriots are always friendly and approachable. In fact, the word hospitality in Greek (the official language spoken in the Greek-Cypriot part of the island) is called “filoksenia” which has two stems namely, “filos” meaning “friend” and “ksenos” meaning “guest” or “tourist”. Cypriots are then friendly to their guests and tourists, as their mother tongue suggests.
Cypriots are well-known for their desire to always spend moments of joy and entertainment, by giving great emphasis to the good quality of life. They like to work for living and not to live for working. People in Cyprus love to get together and spend productive time in nice leisure places. Both social and business meetings are held over a rather friendly atmosphere in different cafes or restaurants in every city or town.
People in Cyprus value quality food, as they themselves are raised in an island wherein delicious Mediterranean food is offered. The famous “Meze”, a wide selection of small, delicious dishes is best enjoyed “halara” (with a slow pace) with a pleasant company and a nice glass of a well-known traditional Cyprus wine.
The majority of the People in Cyprus are highly educated. There is multilingualism on the island and although the official languages are Greek and Turkish, English is also widely used as a communication language when it comes to business transactions and everyday conversations with people from overseas. Other languages such as French, Russian, Rumanian and German are also spoken in Cyprus, since a lot of the business transactions involve people coming from these countries.
In Cyprus, there is a great tendency for people to become educated, hence the great majority of the population studies at least one degree at a national or an international university. Interestingly enough, the literacy rate in Cyprus is 99% with the university graduates being more per capita than anywhere else in Europe.
The island is multinational and multicultural cultural, hence the ethnic groups to be found in Cyprus, aside from Greek-Cypriots who form the 77% of the overall population and the Turkish-Cypriots who form the 18%, include Romanians, Bulgarians, British, Russian, Armenians, Maronites, Filippinos, Vietnamese, Syrian and some other ethnic groups who altogether form the 5% of the overall population to be found in Cyprus.
When it comes to Religion, the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus votes for absolute freedom. Hence, Christian Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians, Maronites and Jews co-exist peacefully on the island.